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Rice Daubney joins HDR Architecture

HDR Architecture, a global architecture firm with offices in Toronto, Kingston, London and Ottawa, Ontario, has acquired Sydney-based Rice Daubney, one of Australia’s leading architectural practices. Going forward, Rice Daubney will conduct business as HDR|Rice Daubney. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Rice Daubney joins the HDR family with 120 employees located in its Sydney design studio. With architecture, planning and design experience spanning more than 36 years, the firm has significant experience in the healthcare, research, defence, commercial and retail markets. Currently, the firm is working on more than AUS $3.5 billion worth of projects ranging from town centers and commercial towers to tertiary hospitals, high-end shopping centers, office fit-outs and major defence facilities.

“We have long admired Rice Daubney for its design excellence and forward-thinking leadership, which has earned the firm a strong reputation in the Australian market,” said Doug Wignall, president of HDR Architecture. “We are excited about how our two firms complement each other, and we see tremendous potential for growth by coming together. HDR brings highly specialized services that will enhance Rice Daubney’s position in the Australian market along with a global platform on which Rice Daubney may deliver their expertise in commercial and retail. Having Rice Daubney on board allows us to bring the best ideas in diverse project types to our clients in nearly every corner of the globe.”

HDR Architecture employs more than 1,450 employees in 45 offices across the globe, including offices in the U.S., Canada (Building, September 2012), China, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. The firm is ranked as the No. 1 healthcare and No. 1 science design firm in the world, and is recognized as a leader in designing justice, defense, and academic facilities. Going forward, HDR|Rice Daubney will be the hub for HDR’s architectural design practice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, and a key resource for high-rise, commercial and retail projects around the world.

Commenting on the merging of the practices, John Daubney, managing director at Rice Daubney, said, “Our goal has always been to be valued as a firm that delivers high quality design services while promoting teamwork, creativity, and environmental sustainability. HDR shares this goal, while bringing a global design reputation that will help grow our local practice exponentially, specifically in the healthcare and science + technology markets. We are the same local firm staffed by the same creative staff, led by the same leadership, but now with the resources to do so much more.”

With the addition of Rice Daubney, approximately 25 per cent of HDR Architecture’s employees are now located outside of the United States.

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